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TWENTY-SIXTH TALK           521

of anything higher, yet he is very well satisfied.
He takes life very much as he finds it, and his
desire is not to get out of this kind of life into some-
thing higher and ftobler, but rather to succeed in this
life and make a good thing out of it. So it is true
that if he gave up all that he knows of as himself, in
that case there would not be very much left, so far as
he could see, although the whole of the reality would
in truth be left. It is difficult to explain to him such
a phrase as being " merged into the Divine Life,"
for example. You could not make him understand
it.  Well, you have probably spoken sometimes to
people and perhaps realised how hopeless it is. I
remember a mana very good ordinary man, a clever
man too at tHat, who had made a considerable study
of Buddhism;it was the Northern Buddhism he
was trying to study. He came to me one day and
said: tt I cannot make anything out of this, it does
not seem to be worth following up. I have read
through a number of books ; it is quite interesting as
a study in archaeology and so on, but the only object
they put before you seems to be to become one with
the Buddha. I cannot see that that would be of any
value to the Buddha, and it certainly would be the
end of me." That is the point of view the average
man does take of these things. He has not the
faintest idea of what we mean. It is to be feared
that some of our own members also have not much
idea of what we mean.